This guy's got to be stopped I agree...
Reccomend keeping this at the top at all times.....Most important bill to stop in our time, plus someone needs to nail Feeney.
Keep this front and center at all times.......Kick their tails out of there.
new and improved voter repression bill in house committee
note that the author of this infamous "election verification" bill embraces all three sides of the triangle that the election reform movement has so painfully tried to keep artificially separate: voter repression, e-vote secrecy and vote manipulation, all in one.
google feeney and H.R. 3910 for the full text and write to the members of the committee on house administration.
Yesterday I sgined a petition to stop this bill
I think it was on Voters Unite or Voters something. DU has the site under their election forum.
The email/petition action is on votetrustusa.org
The link to the action page is
Use It or Lose It: For Democracy the Time to Act is Now!
by Joan Krawitz, executive director, VoteTrustUSA.org
When the Final Report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform was released in September, editorials across the nation and blogs around the web condemned its recommendations for a National Voter ID. Generally overlooked were the Commission’s recommendation of a meaningless and expensive placebo paper record whose status would be left up to the individual states, and the very real risk that opponents of secure and accurate vote counts would attach this cosmetic VVPR requirement to the Commission’s Voter ID recommendations.
Well, it's happened exactly as we feared. Rep. Tom Feeney of Florida has introduced a bill that combines the worst of the Carter-Baker recommendations for Voter ID and meaningless VVPR. The Orwellian title of HR 3910 is Verifying the Outcome of Tomorrow's Elections Act of 2005 (VOTE for short). Its paper record requirement lets the States decide what significance the paper has – if any. The Voter ID section requires a government-issued photo ID to vote in person, or a copy of it to vote by mail, per Homeland Security (read REAL ID) guidelines.
HR3910 could have the effect of disenfranchising millions of elderly, poor, minority and disabled voters, who lack the time, means, or physical ability to make the long trek to wait in long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain the only type of ID that will qualify them to vote. At the same time, by conflating the questions of Voter ID and VVPRs, it would stifle the debate about the need for verification of the vote totals from electronic voting systems
Some activists have already commented that we need to stop the Voter ID provisions of 3910. This misses the point – everyone concerned about transparent, fair, and accurate elections must fight this entire bill with everything we have. We cannot allow our forces to be divided, and we cannot give up one cause for the other. Every voter must be able to cast his or her vote without the undue burden of obtaining a government-issued photo ID and every vote must be recorded and counted accurately and transparently. Democracy demands no less.
The only solution is a two-pronged strategy that goes on the offensive against the insupportable Feeney Bill, while urging Congress to immediately pass Rep. Rush Holt’s Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2005 (HR 550) as written.
HR 550 will ensure that the voter verified paper ballot is legally considered the official record in the event of a recount, challenge or discrepancy, and that independent audits of the voter verified paper ballots are performed to check the accuracy of the vote count. HR 550 already has the bipartisan sponsorship of 157 Members of the House of Representatives.
There is nothing more important for any of us to do today than to write your Representative demanding that the Holt bill be immediately passed as written, and that the Feeney Bill be stopped in its tracks.
Please Click here NOW to send an email to make sure your voice is heard. At the same time, your name will be added to a petition, urging the passage of HR 550 as written, which will be delivered to the members of the House Administration Committee, who are responsible for both of these bills. Without so much as a means to send an email to the Committee’s office, the Committee traditionally operates with little, if any, citizen input. It’s time to put a stop to that!
It’s up to us to make our voices heard by signing the Congressional E-Mail/ Petition, calling your Representative and the Members of the Administration Committee, and asking everyone you know to do the same.
Democracy demands it of us. We can do no less.
Thakn you Warren! & welcome to PI
I'm on it and going to put a duplicate copy of this thread in the "Direct Action" forum. This is horrid- it seems so Naziesque
They Ought to Call it the "Poll Tax Reincarnated Bill"
New and improved, and more outrageous and onorous.
Send repeated fax/mails to all 50 states, ALL of your legislatures and connect the corrupt Tom Feeney to Tom Delay and everyone else!!!!